Vol. 14 No. 1 (2021): Aesthetics in Times of Contagion

Firefly. Aesthetics of transition

Giovanni Ferrario
Università Cattolica di Milano

Published 2021-07-20


  • Transit,
  • Truth,
  • Logós,
  • Clarification,
  • Objectivity

How to Cite

Ferrario, G. (2021). Firefly. Aesthetics of transition. Aisthesis. Pratiche, Linguaggi E Saperi dell’estetico, 14(1), 165–172. https://doi.org/10.36253/Aisthesis-11345


This essay starts with the assumption that philosophical practice is defined as an exercise of linguistic clarification. Whether in oral or written form, philosophy stems from the need to explicate and objectify the logós, formulating concepts. In the particular case of artistic practice, on the other hand, the signifier is more visible than the signified and the impermanence of objectivity is more clearly shown. In art, language is thus open to multiplicity and inexpressibility and the word is no longer logically or syntactically objectified. The truth which develops within art is not universal but the embodiment of an engaging and embryonic form. Art is the place where truth is in motion, a form of resistance, an all-embracing, unifying experience intimately close to world- changing practices.


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